Spicy Green Beans

Total Time:
30 min
15 min
15 min

6 servings

  • 4 slices bacon, cup into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, tipped and washed
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Cook bacon in frying pan until crisp. Drain bacon and set aside, leaving drippings in skillet. Add onions to drippings and saute until tender. Add green beans to pan and saute over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add boiling water to pan and cover. Cook for about 15 minutes, just until beans are tender. Add vinegar, butter, and salt and cayenne, to taste, and stir. Add back crisp bacon before serving. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon juice.

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    VEry, very tasty!! Love that Paula doesn't count calories, haha.
    It was easy and great.
    Thease are so good and super easy I eat them cold right out of the fridge.
    Paula Dean is the BEST!
    The taste of the beans was good.. There was really no need for the butter. Overall, the recipe waws good!!
    I loved these green beans. I'm from N.C. and my family always cooked to death the beans so I refused to eat. I moved to Md. and love the crunchy beans here. These are midway between the 2 ways of cooking plus the extra spice is a plus. Thanks Paula.
    My family and I really liked this recipe. It is way better than any regular green beans that we have tried. We are from Louisiana, so we of course love that hot and spicy flavor! We going keep this recipe and I look forward to making it in the future!
    I thought this recipe was quite good. I used turkey bacon, and a little olive oil after for sauteeing the beans, as there were no drippings after cooking the turkey bacon!
    Great quick recipe to spice up drab green beans. The only thing I might do differntly next time is cut back on the butter a bit. There was plenty of flavor just from the bacon grease.
    these are just like what you'd get at a good southern barbeque restaurant
    As a college student away from home, I try my hardest to re-create my mother's soul food cooking....I had about 5 cans of green beans and decided to use this recipe...absolutely DELICIOUS!!! This recipe is even faster when you use can greens...the seasoning instructions really take the green beans to another level!
    My wife suggested I add mushrooms. Got to keep Mama happy. If you add mushrooms you must add garlic (wild applause). I was suprised that you would add the water after sauteing but it worked. I picked the beans and mushroom out of the sauce, arranged them on a plate and sprinkled with bacon. Delicious!
    this was great and tasty. This dish is great with any meal you cook for dinner.
    Very tasty and different. I highly recommend this recipe!!
    These green beans were o.k. I think I would add less vinegar and more salt.
    These were absolutely fantastic! We eat a lot of spicy foods so next time I'll add a little more pepper for a little more kick. We had these with the Sesame Chicken Strips which were also wonderful!
    These are really yummy, you'll want some bread to soke up that sauce!
    A great new way to make a tasty green bean dish. We all loved it.
    This is one of best green bean recepes I have ever eaten. My family loved it.
    made this for thanksgiving and it was good, need to lighten up on the hot and vinger but over all it was good i would make this again!!!thank you
    I'm looking forward to using this green been recipe====looks good & simple.
    Great change of pace for green beans. This was a hit at our last comany get together. Easy to prepare with ingredients already in the kitchen.
    This recipe was very delicious! Has a lot of flavor! I cut down on the cayenne so it's not so spicy, but this didn't change the overall flavor.
    And loved this entire episode. Way to go, Paula! You never fail to have the very best recipes on your show. Maybe I'm prejudiced because I'm a Southern girl, too, and this is just my kind of cooking!
    Have made these twice now, and they're great! The lemon, vinegar and pepper flavors blend together so well...were good leftover as well.
    These beans were simple to make. The bacon is a MUST! But I will use less vinegar next time.
    This was easy and tasted even better. The whole group wanted seconds and the recipe. I'll use this one again and again.
    Very nice combination, especially using lemon juice to finish. Only one criticism -- need to add salt. I will definitely use this receipe again!
    I don't really care for green beans but this recipe was awesome. I make it all the time now.
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